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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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How Academic Medicine Serves Rural Communities Across the Country

The AAMC has published a new resource that highlights how AAMC-member teaching hospitals and medical schools are serving patients in rural communities across the nation.

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AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2024 OPPS final rule and finalized payment and quality policies.

  • Nov. 3, 2023
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The Senate Finance Committee released discussion draft legislation containing mental health, physician and hospital payment, and drug pricing provisions.

  • Nov. 3, 2023
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The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS on its rule regarding proposed minimum staffing levels for long-term care facilities.

  • Nov. 3, 2023
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The AAMC joined more than 20 health organizations supporting a legal challenge to a North Dakota ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • Nov. 3, 2023
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On Oct. 27, the AAMC endorsed the reintroduction of the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt Act.

  • Nov. 3, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC submitted comments to CMS on rule regarding proposed minimum staffing levels for long term care facilities.

  • Nov. 2, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins more than 20 health organizations supporting a legal challenge to a North Dakota ban on providing gender-affirming care to patients under 18.

  • Oct. 31, 2023
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The Senate HELP Committee voted 15-6 to advance the nomination of Monica Bertagnolli, MD, to be NIH director.

  • Oct. 27, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC sent an Oct. 27 letter responding to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s request for feedback on NIH.

  • Oct. 27, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC letter to Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Bill Cassidy’s request for information regarding NIH.

  • Oct. 27, 2023
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Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

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AAMC Action

AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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